Bev York Discussing Early American Death and Burial Customs

11/10/2017 - 7:00 pm
Community Room of the Canterbury, CT Town Hall
1 Municipal Drive - Canterbury, CT 06331

There will be a brief business session at 7:00 pm, followed by the program & refreshments. Free and open to the public. Bring a friend.

Josiah Manning-style headstoneJoin us for this program by Bev York exploring early American customs and beliefs surrounding death and mourning, including the artistry and symbolism of early New England gravestones—colonial America’s first form of sculpture.

Experience with us burial practices of 18th and 19th century New England through mock funeral customs and illustrations that dig into the causes of death, preparation of the parlor, wakes, mourning gifts, burial, and burying grounds. Discover the concerns with grave robbing, body snatching, and being buried alive or taphophobia.

Bev York presents programs on topics of local, Connecticut, and American history. Her lecture style includes interactive and visual approaches using artifacts and primary source materials to enhance the educational and entertaining experience. York serves as the part-time educator at the Windham Textile & History Museum, or “The Mill Museum” in Willimantic. For sixteen  years she has been an adjunct history instructor at Quinebaug Valley Community College.  She also served as the director of the Windham Textile & History Museum  and the site administrator at the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry.  She received a BS in Art Education from Central Connecticut State University and an MS in History Education from Eastern Connecticut State University.

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